Henry threw a 39-yard halfback pass for a touchdown to a wide open Patrick Anderson to give Aliquippa a 20-14 lead in the third quarter.
Kahlil Caracter, who rushed for 111 yards, ran 22-yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 20-20 at the end of the third quarter.
Beaver Falls entered the game ranked No. 4 in the state, took a 28-20 fourth quarter lead when Stratton threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Sage Curry. Stratton to Curry connection was successful for the two-point conversion.
Damie Rawl, rushed for 126 yards and Stratton threw for 121 yards and three touchdowns.
Henry scored on a 22-yard run to cut the lead to 28-26.
LEADING THE WAY—Aliquippa quarterback Darrien Fields (14) scrambles away from Beaver Falls. Fields threw one touchdown in the Quips 34-28 win.
With, Aliquippa’s undefeated season and No. 1 state ranking on the line, the Quips turned to a determined Swanson.
The Tigers would have had an easier time tacking a 40-foot yellow duck than Swanson. He looked like Adrian Peterson running over, through, around and finally out racing the Tigers 58 yards to the end zone.
Aliquippa survived a scare by coming from behind to defeat Beaver Falls 34-28 to remain unbeaten in the Midwestern Athletic Conference.
Eight thousand fans witnessed an instant classic.
“I think we opened some eyes because we’re a good football team, too,” said Beaver Falls coach Ryan Matsook. “If they’re the No. 1 team, then we’re only a touchdown off that.”
Aliquippa is ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL but the best team just might be South Fayette, who beat Beaver Falls in the playoffs last year.
If the Aliquippa floats into the WPIAL championship game deflated emotionally, South Fayette will turn Heinz Field into Fright Night for the Quips.
ALIQUIPPA BAND MEMBERS BELT OUT A TUNE TO ENCOURAGE TEAM
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